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Man charged with molesting son wants visitation rights
The Associated Press State & Local Wire
Published July 22, 2002
NICEVILLE, Fla. – A man convicted of physically abusing his son and charged with
sexually molesting the boy, now 8, may ask Florida courts to overturn a Texas ruling
that bars him from seeing his son, the father’s lawyer said.
Associate District Judge Suzanne Radcliffe last week in Galveston County, Texas,
prohibited Peter Michael Reed, who lives in the Niceville area, from having any contact
with his son for two years.
Reed is accused of sexually assaulting his son in Texas City, Texas, during a court-
ordered, unsupervised visit, according to a police report.
“I’m shocked a Florida court would give him unrestricted visitation,”
Radcliffe said after issuing the protective order.
Reed’s lawyer, Tad Nelson, said he may ask that Radcliffe’s order be voided, contending
Florida courts have jurisdiction over visitation rights because his client was divorced in
Okaloosa County, Fla.
Any motion to dismiss the order probably will not be filed before Reed is tried in Texas.
A condition of his $300,000 bond is that he not go near his son.
Reed, who works for a development company in Destin, declined comment.
He was convicted of aggravated and simple child abuse seven years ago in the Florida
Panhandle. He was accused of shaking his then-3-month-old son violently enough to
break ribs, then later dropping the child, causing a skull fracture.
Reed was arrested last month on Texas charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child
and sexual performance by a child.
Mendy Montgomery, Reed’s ex-wife, is opposing any effort to restore his visitation
Florida Circuit Judge Thomas Remington in 1997 superseded a 60-day protective
ordered that limited Reed only to supervised visits. Montgomery had obtained the order
in Texas after claiming her son had been bruised during a visit with his father.
Remington’s ruling was based on a recommendation from a guardian ad litem
appointed to look out for the child’s interests.